I saw Dr Simmons again today. She told me she understood what I’d done to Tony. I think she’s a liar. How can someone else understand what I did when I don’t? I don’t even remember doing it. She’s got this new painting on the wall of her office I kind of like. One of those old ships with the massive sails. It’s night time and the stars are out. They look peaceful. The ship is on fire. It’s sinking and all these sparks are drifting up into the sky like they’re becoming stars, like the ship is dying and turning into stars. It’s kind of sad, but I like it.
Mum and Dad are fighting again. That silent fighting they got so good at. Dad’s been coming home late, and then they just don’t talk to each other. He stays in his workshop and she folds sheets and rearranges the cushions. I want them to shout. I don’t care if they want to shout at me. But they don’t say anything.
It’s the summer holidays next week. I think they’re going to send me to stay with Loki. I heard Mum talking to Uncle Gus about it. She said she needs some time away from me because I remind her of you. Maybe her and Dad will talk more if I’m not around. I wonder what they’ll say.
I miss you,
The Boy Who Spoke to Stars (Book 1 of The Astral Strings Series)
by Reuben Miles
Publisher: Ghostwoods Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Secrets. Forgiveness. Death.
Nothing has been right in Kasper’s life for quite some time. Then the eclipse comes, and his father is stolen away. When the police arrive, instead of trying to help, they drag off his mother too. Down at the station later, the desk sergeant claims to know nothing about Kasper’s mum, and insists that the detective who arrested her doesn’t exist.
Loki, Kasper’s cousin, is the only one who really understands him. Her parents promise to keep him safe until his mum and dad return, but soon they are gone as well. There’s no-one for Kasper and Loki to turn to – except Tenrō, a dangerous older boy who knows more than he should, and claims to be a star…
As they set off into the night, they have no way of knowing what they will have to face. The secrets they are about to uncover will change their lives. Their actions will seal the fates of every living thing in the universe.
Somewhere in the dark, the truth is waiting. And the stars are watching.
From the other side of the car park, a man and a woman were watching him check the door handles. Kasper tried his best not to look guilty, which just made him look exceptionally guilty. The man whispered something to the woman and pulled a phone from his pocket. Kasper scowled at them, but moved away, crossing the road as casually as he could, cursing the man under his breath. He had no way of proving the car belonged to his dad, and it would take ages to explain to the police. Not that the police would believe him anyway, not after all the trouble he caused them last summer. He stopped to give the man his most furious glare before turning the corner.
And that’s when he saw it.
The man across the car park, moving uncomfortably, as if he’d not long learnt how to walk, or like someone had twisted and pinched his synapses. Even from this distance Kasper could tell he wasn’t blinking. His eyes were stretched wide and glassy, like a lizard’s. They caught the low sun. The woman tugged at his arm, calling his name, but he wouldn’t pay her any attention. He took a lurching step toward Kasper, who decided it was time to run.
About the Author
Reuben Miles grew up in London until his parents decided that they needed fresher air. They bundled themselves up and drove to Devon, which is in the South West of UK. He spent the rest of his childhood climbing trees and telling stories and writing music in a tumbledown cottage with friends.
Reuben studied Artificial Intelligence and Psychology in Bristol, followed by a degree in Music and Engineering. In 2008 he moved to Brighton to play in a band. When it became clear that no one really wanted to listen to their music, he started working for Children’s Centres and writing stories instead.
Reuben is a dog person. He thinks that if you prefer cats there is probably something very wrong with you. Possibly the cat has brainwashed you, in which case it’s not really your fault, but you should seek help all the same.
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